Is There a Role for Coronary Calcium in Patients With Diabetes?

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In the primary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), a significant portion of high-risk patients have diabetes. Two decades ago, patients with or without cardiovascular disease were identified as having coronary heart disease (CHD) risk equivalents because prospective studies showed that they were at risk for future CHD events equivalent to that of patients with established CHD. Thus, for patients with CHD, cholesterol guidelines recommended that patients with diabetes should be treated routinely with statins. However, recently, the treatment of diabetes has been greatly improved, and the risk for ASCVD has decreased. For this reason, it may be appropriate to re-evaluate the recommendations for routine use of statins in patients with diabetes. One of the major advances in the risk assessment for ASCVD is the introduction of coronary artery calcium measurement. This report will examine the role of coronary artery calcium scanning for the decision to initiate statin therapy in the primary prevention for patients with diabetes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-101
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology
StatePublished - Mar 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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